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Subject: Stuffed Mushroom Caps
From: valerie
Date: 12/13/2022, 10:17 AM

On 12/12/2022 10:02 PM, valerie wrote:

Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

I am looking for a family recipe I have forgotten part of and 
my sister has wrong. Our mother made this lovely side dish every 
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It is served over Wild Rice.
It is creamed stuffed mushroom caps, stuffed with butter mixed 
with parsley,  tarragon, dry mustard, a bit of cayenne AND the 
question- chives, shallots, scallions??? Or no onions??
I just can't remember.....
Please help if you're able.
Thank you,
Santa Fe, NM

 Hi Valerie,

 I spent several hours this morning looking at recipes for "stuffed mushrooms" and "stuffed mushroom caps." I had no success at all in finding a recipe that matches your list of ingredients.

I must say that your ingredient list seems incomplete compared to the recipes at which I looked. All but two of the ones that I found had at least one stuffing ingredient that was more substantial than anything you list: seafood such as clams, shrimp, lobster, fish ; meat such as hamburger, sausage, bacon, ham; rice or wild rice (actually in the stuffing); vegetables such as spinach or artichokes; bread crumbs or stuffing mix; or nuts such as pecans , almonds or walnuts. Yours has onions, but out of the dozens of recipes that I've looked at, only two had nothing substantial in the stuffing other than some form of onions. Also, you say "creamed stuffed mushroom caps", but you don't list any cream or milk.

The two recipes that I found with no substantial ingredients other than some form or onions are below. They aren't your recipe, but they might give you an idea of the kind of onions your recipe called for.

This is the best I can do without better clues like a unique name for the recipe or the original source of the recipe. I will post this for reader input, but it will be a month before it appears.


Marvelous Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients


1 pound large fresh mushrooms 
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 
4 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion 
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1 dash ground nutmeg 
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Remove stems from mushrooms; set caps aside. Finely chop stems. 
In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, flour, onion, parsley, 
mustard, salt, cayenne, nutmeg and chopped stems. Fill mushroom 
caps. Place in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Pour cream 
over mushrooms. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes 
or until mushrooms are tender, basting twice.
Julia Childs' Stuffed mushrooms

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

12 fresh mushroom caps 2 to 3 inches in diameter, stems removed
2 to 3 Tb melted butter
A shallow, lightly buttered
roasting pan
Salt and pepper

Brush the mushroom caps with melted butter. Place
them, hollow-side up, in the roasting pan. Sprinkle
lightly with salt and pepper.

3 Tb finely minced onions
2 Tb butter
1 Tb oil
3 Tb minced shallots or green onions
Stems from the mushroom caps, finely minced and squeezed in a towel to 
 extract their juice

Saute the onions in butter and oil for 3 to 4 minutes
without browning. Then add the shallots or green
onions and mushroom stems. Stuff the mushroom caps with this mixture.
Saute until done.
Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

I am very grateful for your time and energy you put into this hunt.
I, of course,  left out the whole recipe- brain surgery. 
Stuff the caps, bake in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes,  pour cream 
to cover it, down the side of casserole dish . Heat dish to just before 
cream boils.
It does seem very plain without onions, so I'll make it with them..

Thanks again, Valerie 

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